National Library Week Press Kit

National Library Week (April 3 - 9, 2022) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support.  

The American Library Association (ALA) kicks off National Library Week with the release of its State of America's Libraries Report, highlighting the challenges U.S. libraries faced in the second year of the pandemic – as well as the ways they innovated to meet the needs of their communities. 

Library staff in every state faced an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2021 Infographic | ALT Text for Infographic: Top 10 Books of 2021:

Press Releases 

National Library Week kicks off with State of America’s Libraries Report, annual 'Top 10 Most Challenged Books' list and a new campaign to fight book bans 

Actress and comedian Molly Shannon to serve as 2022 National Library Week honorary chair

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Multiple Emmy-nominated and Spirit Award-winning actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, will help celebrate our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week. 

 

 

 

 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious.  They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."  With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" 

National Library Week events

 

Resources 

National Library Week Audio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) 

Quotable Facts about Libraries 

Library Facts and Figures 


Artwork

Official National Library Week Logo

Screenshot of customizable Canva template for celebrating National Library Week. Connect with Your Library. The words "Your library are ediitable to include specific resources" and there's place to upload your library's logo

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Molly Shannon,
2022 National Library Week Honorary Chair 

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